Derrick Chievous scored 26 points and Byron Irvin had 17 as Missouri held off a second-half comeback to upset seventh-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas, 81-79, yesterday in Las Vegas.

The loss was only the fourth at home for the Runnin' Rebels (21-3) in the last five years. UNLV's other two losses this season were to California-Santa Barbara.

Missouri (16-5) led by 15 points in the first half and held a 44-32 halftime lead before UNLV, led by freshman Stacey Augmon, staged a furious second-half comeback. Augmon, held scoreless the first half, had 12 points after intermission.

UNLV took its first lead at 61-59 on a three-pointer by Keith James with 10:48 remaining. The lead changed hands five times before Jarvis Basnight's free throw tied the game for UNLV at 78 with 2:16 left.

Gerald Paddio led UNLV 17 points.

Oklahoma 112, Kansas St. 95:

The run-and-gun Sooners, 69-62 losers to slow-paced Kansas State on the road earlier this season, had the tempo more to their liking yesterday and won the Big Eight game easily in Norman, Okla.

No. 4 Oklahoma (22-2, 8-1), averaging 105 points per game, got double-figure scoring from all five starters. The 112 points were the most ever against Kansas State, breaking the mark of 102 set by three teams.

"Oklahoma entirely controlled the game from the start to the finish," said Kansas State Coach Lon Kruger. "They set the tone with that press. Their intensity in the back court was more than we could handle."

Oklahoma forced 20 turnovers and shot better than the first time around. The Sooners made 31 percent of their shots in the loss compared with 55 percent yesterday, and made 13 of 24 from three-point range.

Kansas State fell to 14-6, 6-2 despite a career-high 41 points from Mitch Richmond.

Mookie Blaylock scored 21 points and set an NCAA record for steals by a junior. He had five steals to raise his season total to 102, eclipsing the mark of 100 previously held by Leroy Allen of Hofstra.

Michigan 92, Indiana 72:

Gary Grant scored 24 points and Glen Rice 22 as the 12th-ranked Wolverines, at home, broke Indiana's five-game winning streak.

The Wolverines (20-4) pulled within a half-game of idle Purdue in the Big Ten at 9-2.

It was the most points allowed by No. 19 Indiana (14-7, 6-5) this season, topping the 84 scored by Iowa.

The Wolverines led, 40-38, at the half and broke the game open with a 12-2 run that put them up, 65-48, with 11:30 left. Terry Mills had four points in the streak.

Freshman Jay Edwards scored 29 points for Indiana, including six three-point shots, and Dean Garrett had 19.

BYU 86, Colorado St. 80:

Michael Smith scored 20 points and Jeff Chatman had 18 as No. 8 Brigham Young survived a scare to win the Western Athletic Conference game in Provo, Utah.

Marty Haws, who finished with 13, put the Cougars (20-1, 9-0) ahead for good when he sank a jumper from the top of the key with 2:12 left, giving BYU a 78-76 lead.

Pat Durham finished with 24 points, David Turcotte had 18 and Trent Shippen 16 for the Rams (12-9, 3-6).

Wyoming 69, Utah 60:

Fennis Dembo scored 23 points and the No. 18 Cowboys defeated foul-plagued Utah in Salt Lake City.

Wyoming (18-5, 7-5 in the WAC) went ahead, 15-2, in the opening minutes, but Utah rallied to tie the score, 28-28, at the half on Keith Chapman's three-point basket at the buzzer.

Dembo opened the second half with a three-point basket and Wyoming never trailed thereafter.

Utah (14-8, 6-4) was led by Mitch Smith with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

North Carolina St. 101, Louisville 89:

Vinny Del Negro scored 29 points to lead five players in double figures as the 16th-ranked Wolfpack started with a 12-0 run and finished with an easy victory in Raleigh, N.C.

North Carolina State (16-5) forced four Louisville turnovers during the opening run.

Louisville (13-9) trailed, 56-42, at halftime as the Wolfpack made 21 of 29 field goals.

Chucky Brown scored 23 points and Charles Shackleford had 20 for North Carolina State. Rodney Monroe and Brian Howard had 11 each.

Six Louisville players were in double figures, led by 20 from Pervis Ellison.

Pittsburgh 87, Villanova 75:

Jerome Lane scored 24 points to help No. 5 Pitt gain the Big East victory in Villanova, Pa.

Lane scored six points in an 8-2 run he capped with a fast-break layup as the Panthers (17-3, 7-2) took a 62-48 lead with 10:30 left in the second half. Six players -- four from Villanova -- fouled out of the game.

Charles Smith scored 17 points and Sean Miller 16 for Pitt. Mark Plansky led Villanova (16-8, 8-4) with 27 points and Doug West added 15.

Kentucky 82, Alabama 68:

Winston Bennett scored 25 points and Ed Davender handed out a career-high 10 assists as the No. 10 Wildcats gained their fifth straight victory, in a Southeastern Conference game in Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky improved to 18-3 and a league-leading 10-3.

Freshman Eric Manuel scored eight points and Bennett six as Kentucky, scoring 10 points off nine Alabama turnovers, took a 22-8 lead in the opening 8:17.

Forward Michael Ansley led Alabama (11-3, 3-9) with 18 points.

Vanderbilt 93, Mississippi 68:

Will Perdue scored 17 points and Barry Goheen 15 to give the No. 17 Commodores their 14th victory in 15 home games.

Vanderbilt (15-5, 9-4 in the SEC) made nine of 13 three-pointers. The Commodores led, 46-33, at halftime.

Tim Jumper scored 18 points to lead Mississippi (9-12, 3-9). Roderick Barnes added 17 and Charles Prater 10.

Georgia Tech 78, Wake Forest 75:

Junior Tom Hammonds said he took it upon himself not to let Georgia Tech fall into Wake Forest's category of Atlantic Coast Conference upsets at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.

"I worked hard and moved for the ball," said Hammonds, who scored a career-high 30 points. "Today, I knew we had to have a good game to beat Wake Forest."

Senior Craig Neal hit four straight free throws in the final 57 seconds to hold off Wake Forest, which earlier defeated No. 6 North Carolina and 16th-ranked N.C. State at home. "We just sweated that one out," said Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Cremins.

Georgia Tech (17-6, 4-4) led by nine points at halftime behind Hammonds' 17 points.

Sam Ivy led Wake Forest (8-13, 2-7) with 27 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Bradley 98, Creighton 68:

Hersey Hawkins, the nation's leading scorer with a 34.7 average, was held to 25 points as 15th-ranked Bradley won easily in a Missouri Valley Conference game in Peoria, Ill.

Sophomore center Luke Jackson had career highs with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Bradley (16-4, 6-2).

Creighton (13-11, 5-5), which suffered its third consecutive loss, was led by Rod Mason with 16 points.

Anthony Manuel had 10 points and a game-high 12 assists for Bradley.

Kansas 82, Iowa St. 72:

Danny Manning scored a season-high 39 points, including 19 in the first half, to lead the Jayhawks to a Big Eight victory in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas (15-8, 4-4) led by 44-34 at halftime and delivered a key blow to the Cyclones (16-9, 2-7) midway through the second half by scoring 10 straight points.

Manning started the run with two free throws and a field goal. Jeff Gueldner then sank two free throws and two field goals, each on assists by Manning, and the Jayhawks were ahead, 68-49, with 11:07 remaining.

St. John's 88, Providence 67:

Shelton Jones scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as St. John's broke a three-game losing streak in a Big East game in New York.

Michael Porter followed with 23 points, 15 in the second half, for the Redmen (15-6, 6-5). Greg Harvey added 13 and Jayson Williams 10.

Steve Wright had 19 points for the Friars (10-12, 4-7); Delray Brooks had 15, including three three-pointers.

West Virginia 73, Rutgers 68:

Chris Brooks had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Berger hit five of six free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes to help West Virginia, at home, break a two-game losing streak.

The Mountaineers improved to 16-7, 11-2 in the Atlantic 10. Rutgers (3-18, 0-13) lost for the 15th time in a row -- and the 28th consecutive time on the road.

Craig Carter led Rutgers with 18 points.

Penn State 71, Massachusetts 53:

In State College, Pa., Tom Hovasse scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Penn State (11-9, 7-5) got its fifth straight victory -- the longest win streak its seven years in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Lorenzo Sutton scored 11 points and Dave Brown added 10 for Massachusetts (9-13, 4-11).

Evansville 65, De Paul 63:

Dan Godfread's tipin basket at the buzzer gave Evansville, an 11-point underdog, the upset in Rosemont, Ill.

Evansville's Curtis Jackson missed a jump shot from the key in the final seconds, but Godfread, who had 14 points, got the winning basket.

Evansville (15-5) ended a three-game losing streak. De Paul (14-7) was led by Rod Strickland with 18 points.

Virginia Tech 115, Cincinnati 111:

Bimbo Coles scored 38 points, including six free throws in the final 41 seconds, to lead Virginia Tech, at home, to a Metro Conference victory.

Wally Lancaster added 37 points for the Hokies (17-6, 6-3). Roger McClendon led Cincinnati (8-12, 1-6) with 25 points and Cedrick Glover had 22 points and 13 rebounds.

York (Pa.) 78, Gallaudet 66:

Les Grow scored 23 points to lead the Spartans (12-11) at Gallaudet.